A repeat drink-driver, who blew nearly three times the legal limit with two children in the car, has been labelled "old and stupid".
Dean Cochrane, 36, of Crawley Street, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to drink-driving.
The court heard he was observed by police driving erratically on May 8 this year about 1am.
He parked outside a Crawley Street address and fled the car but was intercepted by police on foot.
Police observed two young children in the vehicle.
Cochrane was arrested and transported to Warrnambool police station where he blew .136 - nearly three times the legal limit.
His vehicle was impounded and his licence was immediately suspended.
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Cochrane told the court on Monday that he wasn't running away from police but going inside to tell his wife what was happening.
The court heard the man had two previous convictions for drink-driving, including a reading of .120 in 2006 and .085 in 2007.
He told the court that he was "young and stupid back then".
But magistrate Franz Holder questioned whether the man had learnt from his mistakes.
"One could say you're now old and stupid," he said.
"Anyone who is driving with kids the car at a level almost three times (the legal limit) at 1am... that is sheer folly.
"One could say you should know better at your age."
Mr Holzer said the offending was avoidable.
"It's just stupidity," he said.
"You're on the cusp of going to jail."
Cochrane was convicted, fined $1200 and his licence was suspended for 12 months, backdated to May 8.
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